Louis LeBel, Supreme Court of Canada Former Puisne Justice Has Died

Louis LeBel Death – Louis LeBel, a former puisne justice of the Supreme Court of Canada who served on the Court from 2000 to 2014 has sadly passed away. He was 83 years old at the time of his death. The circumstances surrounding his cause of death were not immediately made public at the time of this report. He was confirmed dead by the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday, June 8th, 2023, through a social media statement.

On behalf of the judges and staff of the Supreme Court of Canada, Chief Justice Wagner extends his condolences to the family and friends of retired Justice Louis LeBel, who passed away today. A man of exemplary collegiality and wisdom, his legal legacy lives on in his eloquently-written decisions in many areas, including administrative, labour and international law. The Supreme Court flag will fly at half-mast until the Honourable Louis LeBel is laid to rest.

Who was Louis LeBel?

Louis LeBel was born on November 30, 1939, in Quebec City. He is the son of lawyer Paul LeBel, Q.C. He attended the Collège des Jésuites, where he earned a BA in 1958. LeBel graduated from Université Laval with a law degree in 1962 and later got an LL.M. from the University of Toronto in 1966. He excelled in school and was awarded the Tessier silver medal, the Lieutenant General medal, and the Governor General’s medal.

Throughout his distinguished career, which lasted six decades and included three terms on the bench, he was an active participant in the legal and academic worlds. He was admitted to the bar in 1962 and worked at different firms in Quebec City until 1984. He was a professor at Université Laval and the University of Ottawa at this time. He was appointed directly to the Quebec Court of Appeal on June 28, 1984. He remained on the Court until Jean Chrétien chose him to join the Supreme Court in 2000.

After more than 14 years of service, he left the Supreme Court of Canada on November 30, 2014. Louise Poudrier and he have been wed since August 28, 1965. His wife, who is also a lawyer, previously taught until 2000 at Université Laval. Paul, Catherine, and François, who was named a judge of the Court of Quebec in 2018, are their three children.

Louis LeBel’s obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by the family at a later date.

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